Deban: If I wanted folklore, I’d buy Nelly Furtado’s album. If I wanted drumming, I’d book a ticket to see STOMP. If I wanted to combine to two, I’d subscribe to the Songlines compilation series. The combination of these options is still a sharp drop in flavour when compared to Bulgaria’s three minute appearance. As bizarre as this act is, the staging manages to surprise me (and not in a good way). You can have all the rituals you want, and pour enough libation to drown the city of Malmö. I doubt we’ll be seeing this nonsense on Saturday.

Bulgaria Elitsa and Stoyan first rehearsal 10Vebooboo: I’ve never been a fan of this song. In fact, I think it has some of the worst vocals in the whole competition. However, I was really impressed by Elitsa & Stoyan’s stage presence at Eurovision in Concert. They commanded the stage and displayed so much passion and energy…which leaves me a bit baffled as I watched the mini 10-second clip of their first rehearsal. Yes, they move around the stage a la Dana International 2011, but there’s none of that crazy chemistry between the two of them. Instead, they rest on the cultural appeal of using folk masks from the western part of their country. That’s cute and honourable, but it doesn’t make for a good show in and of itself…especially when the song is as atrocious as it is.

Wiwi: Wait, did that really just happen? Elitsa and Stoyan unleashed a big can of crazy on stage and I LOVED IT. They honour Bulgarian folk and myth while also giving it their own twist. Elista works it Eurovision’s Next Top Model-style as she turns to the camera and walks, turns to the camera and walks. That’s what I’m talking about! The percussion involved in this number is seriously impressive. You don’t get the full flavour in this video, but in the Arena (and in the bits they don’t show) you can feel it deep inside yoself. I know some members of the Wiwi Jury hated on this, but a few of us really loved it! Fingers crossed Bulgaria can delight Europe with their brand of crazy on May 18!

Photo Credit: Dennis Statchel (EBU)

You can read our reviews of the Eurovision rehearsals by clicking here. You can also read our song reviews on the Wiwi Jury page, and read the lyrics to this year’s entries on our contestants page.

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Kalina
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Kalina

Amazing song and performance. Simply the best. It is unique, very energrtic – local folk motives, rythmic drumming and modern style beautifully mixed. The singer is very powerful. No wonder that not everybody understdands this music. It is just so different. It is the best song of this year’s contest.

Zolan
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Zolan

The staging needs to look more deliberate and ritualistic instead of parading around the stage randomly.
The richer, layered sound is much improved over the preview.

Vlad
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Vlad

Deban doesn’t seem to have anything nice to say about anyone. Being sarcastic all the time is not funny – that just makes one sound very bitter.

Pablo Nava
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A comment I heard abotu this:

“The first part was chaotic because of Elitsa’s earpiece constantly falling, but it managed to end in a high note”

Anaconda
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Anaconda

Sorry, this is way over the top. The song (despite being like a long and sweaty sex session with no finale) is happening enough, there was absolutely no need for all that schizophrenia. A cleaner look on stage would have worked wonders for the drums and vocals.

Samantha
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Samantha

WOW indeed. I like the messiness of it all.

Emily
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Emily

Wow.. That’s all I can say. Wow.